Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartridge-bone junction in the rib cage. It leads to palpable point tenderness that might be aggravated by chest wall manipulation or deep breaths (when the chest cavity expands). It is an inflammatory process that responds to anti-inflammatory medicines and reassurance. It should be distinguished from such things as pulmonary embolism (which is very dangerous) by a physician.
POSTED BY: Steven Ajluni, MD